Tanya Dorf Brunner
Executive Director

Tanya Dorf Brunner has served as Executive Director of Oral Health Kansas since 2009. Tanya and the Oral Health Kansas team advocate for Medicaid dental benefits, educate Kansans about the importance of oral health, and promote the benefits of community water fluoridation. Tanya is the co-founder and past chair of the American Network of Oral Health Coalitions, a national organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the work of state oral health coalitions. She also co-leads the OPEN Network’s Midwest Regional Oral Health Connection Team and Policy Learning Collaborative. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Independence, Inc., an organization serving people with disabilities. She also served at the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services as Chief of Staff and Director of Legislative Affairs.

Tanya holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in political science and philosophy from Bethany College and a Master’s of Science in management from Baker University.

Contact Tanya regarding:
Policy and Advocacy
Oral Health Kansas Board of Directors
Grants and budget
Organizational spokesperson
Dental Champions Leadership Program
Thirsty for Health
OPEN Midwest Regional Oral Health Connection Team
OPEN Policy Learning Collaborative
American Network of Oral Health Coalitions

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Kathy HuntKathy Hunt, RDH, ECPII
Dental Program Director

A clinical dental hygienist for 33 years, Kathy Hunt began her work in public health in 2004 when she took advantage of a new expanded dental practice act to design the first system in Kansas that provided preventive dental care in schools, Head Starts, and health departments. She was also instrumental in developing, implementing, and directing a dental safety net clinic in her local community of Wamego. Hunt served as Project Director for Kansas Cavity Free Kids, a Kansas Head Start Association oral health project, for 8 years. She is co-author of several oral health resource materials focused on families with young children and works as a tireless advocate for the oral health needs of pregnant women and children birth to five.

Contact Kathy regarding:
Oral Health and Head Start
Oral Health and Community Health Workers
Access to care for pregnant women and children birth to five
Oral Health presentations for a variety of audiences
Teeth for Two© - a workshop for home visitors and health educators on oral health for pregnant women
Teeth for Tots© - a workshop for home visitors and health educators on oral health for infants and toddlers
All Aboard the Cavity Free Express© - a fun, interactive family event focused on adopting "tooth-healthy" habits
Feeling Good about Your Smile© - a hands on workshop for adults with disabilities
Extended Care Permit (ECP) legislation

Sonia OlmosSonia Olmos
Operations and Communications Manager

Sonia Olmos is the Operations and Communications Manager for Oral Health Kansas (OHK). Prior to joining OHK, she was the Director of Administrative Operations with the Kansas Health Consumer Coalition where she managed day to day operations, finances and human resources. Sonia’s background entails working with diverse families to help them access and navigate the health care system. She understands first-hand the barriers families face when they don’t have access to proper health care.
Sonia speaks Spanish and English. She holds a BA in Psychology and a MA in Social Work, both from Washburn University.

Contact Sonia regarding:
Managing social media and public awareness activities
Assisting with website management
Production of Weekly Wednesday Update
Sugary Drink Display reservations
Brush Book Bed Program

Christi NanceMaryAnne Lynch Small, MPH, BDS
Medicaid Projects Manager

MaryAnne Lynch Small is a recent graduate from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University with a background in clinical dentistry and health advocacy. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree (BDS) from Dundee University in her home country of Scotland, MaryAnne practiced as a primary care dentist for a period of over five years. Her time in clinical practice cemented her desire to expand her knowledge and skills in public health to drive for oral health equity among marginalized populations- an inequity highly evident in MaryAnne's place of work in Glasgow, Scotland.

Contact MaryAnne regarding:
Dental Homes for Kids project
Sedation Dental Care Task Force

Open Position
Community Engagement Specialist  

This is a half-time position dedicated to supporting Oral Health Kansas' efforts to engage community members and organizations. The position is responsible for designing and carrying out community engagement projects including the Lived Experience Advisory Group and Brush Book Bed project. The Community Engagement Specialist assists with special projects and provides guidance to the organization on policy strategy.

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If you have questions regarding any of the programs below contact

Thirsty for Health Grant
Questions regarding Water Access Project
School districts interested in encouraging healthy drinking behaviors
Information regarding community water fluoridation or visit


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